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Newly Elected State Rep. Says Texas Teachers Should Be Allowed To Carry Guns

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas politician just elected to the state house has put forward a plan to allow concealed weapons on school campuses.

Jason Villalba, the elected representative for residents of a part of North Dallas, says he’s not calling for teachers to carry guns, but he is pushing for a designated school staffer to have that right.

Right now in Texas, schools are “gun free zones.” School districts prohibit anyone, other than police, to enter a school with a gun.

But State Representative-elect Jason Villalba has produced the “Protection of Texas Children Act.”

He wants schools to have a trained, designated campus “marshal,” someone who will carry a concealed weapon.

Villalba says he thought about his own children, and the Connecticut school killings, while coming up with this proposal.

“It provides a certified, trained school marshal faculty member. A teacher, administrator, principal, custodian, already engaged with the ISD. They would receive a heightened level of certification and training.”

The largest teacher association for Dallas ISD quickly responded to the Villalba plan…saying, “We’ve heard this before. It would cause safety risks for kids and staff.”

And while reviewing security measures at schools, Dallas ISD police chief Craig Miller suggested restraint on this issue.

“I think right now we’re way too premature to be jumping into any immediate legislation or gun control. I think we should be grieving kids who lost their lives and those families.”

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